The community of Mt. Rose and the St. Rose Seventh-Day Adventist Comprehensive School in Mt. Rose, St. Patrick are the beneficiary of a full Digicel 4G Computer Lab.
The facility is equipped with computers, and all its peripherals including furniture.
This air-conditioned lab was done at a cost of over $60,000 with funds provided by Digicel.
A handing over ceremony was held September 5 and attended by officials such as Digicel representative Kevin Peterkin, Pastor Nord Punch, President of the Grenada Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist, Pastor Jerome Gordon, Director of Education, Principal Kimlyn DeCoteau, Teachers and Students of the St. Rose Seventy-Day Adventist Comprehensive School and Villagers.
In addressing the audience, Pastor Nord Punch said, “We believe and are convinced of the fact that nation building is not entrusted to just a few persons, but is the responsibility of every citizen, be it an individual or a corporation.”
“In recent time, this school has been reaching out to the wider community in various ways. This Digicel 4G computer lab will serve to further enhance our capability to assist members of this community to be more computer literate”, he said.
Pastor Punch expressed his sincere gratitude to Digicel for heeding the call and making such a generous donation for the advancement of ICT in Grenada.
Information Technology teacher of the school, Dennie Walker also addressed the audience and noted that most individuals in the community feel left behind by the younger people in their lives when it comes to technology.
“We miss out on so many things that the younger ones do with technology as we are not aware of its usage, we are not aware of its positives and negatives and hence, we cannot guide them to use it safely and effectively”, he remarked.
In order to bridge the gap, Walker pointed out a few programs that the newly established Digicel 4G Computer Lab will encompass.
He mentioned adult courses for beginners, which will feature the very basics such as turning on the computer, to manipulating the desktop.
There is also a “Senior Citizens Should Know” Course, which will focus on the teaching of some of the more technological applications like Skype, Facebook and other internet based applications.
Digicel’s Kevin Peterkin who is the company’s Marketing Executive officially declared the Digicel 4G Computer Lab open and handed over the keys to the principal of the school, Kimlyn DeCoteau who expressed extreme appreciation to Digicel for funding this much needed ICT project, not just for the school but for the wider community on a whole.
During Peterkin’s remarks, he noted that Digicel has embarked on initiatives like these and others that foster community spiritedness as well as care and support for the Special Needs.
These projects, he said can be seen all over the world where Digicel operates.